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Welcome to the home page for the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee in Tacoma, Washington. This website is designed to serve as a resource to the Chapter 13 community. The office operates a public trust and, as such we strive to provide the highest level of service and financial accountability to all parties.


3/16/2020 – UPDATE FROM TRUSTEE, MICHAEL G. MALAIER, RE COVID-19

My office is aware of the hardships imposed by the COVID-19 virus and by those necessary measures to mitigate its transmission. Please know that I am following guidance from the CDC, WHO, and local authorities to keep my staff safe and secure during this crisis. As such, many of them will be working remotely so as to practice social distancing and care for their families. Be confident in knowing that, despite the distance, we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that our cases are administered accurately, and without delay. Rest assured that your payments, data, and correspondence are as safe as they have always been.

3/11/2020 – COVID-19
Notice from the United States Trustee Regarding the Rescheduling of Section 341 Meetings in the Western District of Washington

In accordance with direction from the United States Trustee, chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees will accommodate all reasonable requests for continuances of section 341 meetings by debtors who are concerned about exposure to COVID-19.

Debtors who exhibit symptoms of a flu-like illness, have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, are within a “higher risk” group for COVID-19 complications per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, or would be uncomfortable attending the meeting due to a risk of exposure should contact the chapter 7 or chapter 13 trustee assigned to their case to seek a rescheduling of their section 341 meeting. Debtors must provide the required notice of the rescheduling to the court and creditors, and stipulate to the extension of related deadlines, in accordance with procedures that apply to rescheduling for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.